‘Babylon 5’ creator J. Michael Straczynski, who has had a fairly successful run of movie projects of late is making a return to television.
The acclaimed writer has apparently been chosen to head up production and writing on a new series, which is adapting the ‘Red Mars’ series of books by Kim Stanley Robinson.
The project is being made for Spike TV and is under the guidance of ‘Game Of Thrones’ producer Vince Gerardis.
In recent years Straczynski has spent much of his time working in comics, reviving his “Joe’s Comics” imprint at Image Comics and scripting titles like ‘Ten Grand’, ‘Sidekick’ and ‘Dream Police’. He’s also setting up to launch ‘Sense8’, a new Netflix series he co-wrote with Andy and Lana Wachowski, but despite decades of prolific output in film, TV, comics and prose, many sci-fi fans still know him best for Babylon 5.
Straczynski was by and large the writer and producer that introduced long form storytelling to the science fiction genre. So the fact that he is now setting up to work on ‘Red Mars’, which is a series of novels that tell a long form story can only be a good fit for the B5 writer that changed the rules on how genre television is produced.